Daily Deals: Boardwalk Empire, Hush Little Baby and Alphabet Car

Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic CityToday Amazon offers Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City by Nelson Johnson and  Terence Winter just for $1.99

Providing the inspiration and source material for the upcoming HBO series produced by Academy Award–winning director Martin Scorsese and Emmy Award–winning screenwriter Terence Winter, this riveting and wide-reaching history explores the sordid past of Atlantic City—forever a freewheeling town long-dedicated to the fast buck—from the city’s heyday as a Prohibition-era mecca of lawlessness to its rebirth as a legitimate casino resort in the modern era. A colorful cast of powerful characters, led by “Commodore” Kuehnle and “Nucky” Johnson, populates this stranger-than-fiction account of corrupt politics and the toxic power structure that grew out of guile, finesse, and extortion. Atlantic City’s shadowy past—through its rise, fall, and rebirth—is given new light in this revealing, and often appalling, study of legislative abuse and organized crime.

Some words about the Author

Nelson Johnson, whose family s presence in Atlantic County predates the founding of Atlantic City, is a lifelong resident of Hammonton, New Jersey. He practiced law for 30 years and was active in Atlantic City and Atlantic County politics through much of that period. As attorney for the Atlantic City Planning Board at the time of the approvals for many of the casinos, he was inspired first to make sense of Atlantic City and later to write an objective political history of the town. The interviews, research, and writing Johnson undertook spanned nearly two decades and resulted in the 2001 book, Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City.

Hush Little Baby

Johnson continues to work as an author, researcher, and historian but his day job has changed since the release of Boardwalk Empire: He is currently a Judge of the New Jersey Superior Court, sitting in the Civil Division of Atlantic County. His next book will cover the history of Atlantic City s black community and the contributions of African-Americans to the city s growth and success.

Also Amazon offers Hush Little Baby by Sylvia Long just for $1.99

Bedtime is a special ritual for parents and children. Lullabies often play an important role. This best-selling version of the beloved lullaby Hush Little Baby is now available in a sturdy board book making it perfect for sharing with the youngest children.

Some words about the Author

Sylvia Long is the illustrator of several books for children including the best sellers Ten Little Rabbits and Alejandro’s Gift. Ms. Long’s detailed paintings are inspired by her love of animals and the outdoors. She lives in Arizona. Read more about Sylvia’s illustrating process.


Alphabet CarAlphabet Car is a game for your Kindle Fire. Today it is absolutely free.

Jump behind the wheel and buckle up for a learning journey you won’t soon forget! Alphabet Car, an innovative educational app that makes remembering letters and words fun, puts you in the driver’s seat. You’ll be fully engaged, using your eyes, ears, and hands. If you’re new to Alphabet Car, you’ll start out driving Baby Bus; as you continue playing, you can unlock other cars. Oh, the places you’ll go in this big-eyed, bouncing yellow school bus…

Come Along for a Fun Learning Journey

To start, choose which mode you’d like to try: Preschool, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, or Expert. As you progress through each mode, you’ll play with longer words, starting with one and two-letter words in Preschool to six-letter words in Expert. Within each mode there are nine stages, many of which you’ll have to unlock. So let’s get going!

If this is your first time behind the wheel, there is no need to worry — it’s intuitive and easy even for the littlest learners. Just rotate your mobile device like a steering wheel to navigate your way down the scenic road. You can choose to listen to music or just the sound of your wheels. Most importantly, watch out for the letters!
Learning Letters, Words, and Spelling

As you roll along, big block letters appear before you on the road. Aim your bus toward these letters and when you make contact with them, you’ll hear the letter pronounced. When you gather all the letters to spell a word, you’ll hear the word pronounced and you are presented with a card showing the word along with an illustration. Track how many words you have gathered as the cards pile up.

More Fun Awaits You Down the Road

Once you unlock a level, you can practice a series of words by replaying a particular stage. For a more challenging experience you can increase the speed of your car. And as you unlock more levels, you can even decorate your car.

Alphabet Car is a fun way to learn letters, words, and spelling. It’s great for little ones and involves visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning styles and strengthens hand-eye coordination. While you journey and learn, enjoy upbeat music, colorful 3D graphics, and more than 40 different levels.

The suggested environment for this app is Android 2.2/2.3.

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